...It is a shame that widespread public recognition still eludes Puressence because they have a remarkable and individual sound, if clearly raised in a tradition of many fine Manchester bands. Not only Manchester: fans of The Psychedelic Furs will appreciate the "wall of melody" guitars. And those who recall eighties cult heroes The Comsat Angels will tune into the frequently tense, brooding atmosphere threatening to explode at any moment. And when it does, it pins you to the wall. Puressence also benefit from an extraordinary lead singer whose quivering, high vocals wring out every last drop from the emotionally charged lyrics. "Planet Helpless" marries these well-established virtues to a greater pop sensibility than before, giving the album overall a broader range than previous outings. It still retains all their trademark qualities, the tightly coiled edginess is very much in evidence, e.g. on the opening track "Walking Dead" and "How Does It Feel?" More tender feelings are expressed, matched by memorable melodies, on tracks such as "You Move Me" and "Heart of Gold" (not a Neil Young cover, rock historians and pub quiz goers). The plaintive "Throw Me a Line" concludes the album with the lines "All I wanted is something I can't find. Oh well, never mind." When I saw them live at the London Scala a little while back, we certainly found something we wanted, and we can only hope that a wider public will find Puressence soon.